Tate Britain

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London , England
Getting there
Tube: Pimlico
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Opening hours
10am-6pm, to 10pm 1st Fri of month
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Splendidly refurbished with a stunning new art-deco inspired staircase and a rehung collection, the more elderly and venerable of the two Tate siblings celebrates paintings from 1500 to the present, with works from Blake, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Barbara Hepworth, Whistler, Constable and Turner, as well as vibrant modern and contemporary pieces from Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Tracey Emin. Join free 45-minute thematic tours (11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm) and 15-minute Art in Focus talks (1.15pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

The star of the show at Tate Britain is, undoubtedly, the light infused visions of JMW Turner. After he died in 1851, his estate was settled by a decree declaring that whatever had been found in his studio – 300 oil paintings and about 30,000 sketches and drawings – would be bequeathed to the nation. The collection at the Tate Britain constitutes a grand and sweeping display of his work, including classics like The Scarlet Sunset and Norham Castle, Sunrise .

There are also seminal works from Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds, as well as the pre-Rahaelites, including William Holman Hunt's The Awakening Conscience , John William Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalott , Ophelia by John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones's The Golden Stairs . Look out also for Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion . Tate Britain hosts the prestigious and often controversial Turner Prize for contemporary art from October to early December every year. Audioguides (£3.50) are also available.